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The Obligation to Obey the Law: Understanding Variation Beyond Perceptions of the Legal System

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Date 2 June 2020
Time 12:00 - 13:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Room A3.01
Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room A3.01

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam


This paper studies variation in people’s sense of the Obligation to Obey the Law (OOL). The OOL plays a vital role in people’s responses to the legal system and their compliance decision making. So far, most studies have linked the OOL to people’s experiences and views of the legal system. This paper seeks to expand our understanding of the OOL through analyzing how such variation relates to personal and moral differences, differences in socialization in higher education, and differences in political preferences. Through four studies with a total of 5085 participants, this paper finds that the OOL is not solely dictated by experiences with and perceptions of the legal system and is comparatively more related to personal and political differences.


Sanne Taekema, Professor of Legal Theory, Erasmus School of Law. 

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